Primer evens skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and keeps your makeup in place 24/7. In other words, it’s the bomb dot com. But figuring out how to use this beauty essential can be tricky. To shed some light on the topic, we hosted a Twitter chat with Smashbox Cosmetics’ Global Pro lead makeup artist Lori Taylor Davis. She answered questions from our community members and gave us the inside scoop on why it’s totally worth it to take that extra step and apply primer. Here’s a recap of her most helpful tidbits:
Primer Lesson #1: Let your fingers do the applying. Some products lend themselves well to finger application, while others get the most mileage from a brush. When it comes to primer, Taylor Davis says, “A sponge or a brush will absorb the primer before it gets to your face. Fingers help to smooth it into place.”
Primer Lesson #2: Apply a pea-sized amount to avoid a makeup meltdown. Your skin can only absorb so much of the product. With this in mind, apply a pea-sized amount to your skin, starting in the center of your face with your nose and cheeks, working your way up to your forehead and down to your chin. For more application tips, check out Smashbox’s helpful tutorial.
Primer Lesson #3: You do not need to match your skin tone. Unlike BB creams and tinted moisturizers, Smashbox primers are designed target specific skin concerns—not complement skin tone. Remember, they mainly act as a base for your makeup. Rather than getting caught up in hunting down one that matches your complexion, choose a formula that works with your skin type.
Primer Lesson #4: It doubles the life of your foundation. In addition to infusing your skin with hydrating ingredients like vitamin C, Smashbox primers contain waxes that bond with cosmetics to give them longevity. “It’s safe to say it will wear twice as long or longer than without [primer],” says Taylor Davis.
Primer Lesson #5. Don’t forget your SPF! By now, you should know that sunscreen is essential. The good news: Your go-to formula can be layered underneath your primer. Or turn to Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 with Dermaxyl Complex to skip the extra step.
Craving more primer insights? Check out the hastag #PrimerAuthority on Twitter to view the full Q&A.